Posted by AidanAK47 on 14 March 2017 with categories: Seasonal Previews

It always amazes me how fast this things come up. Doesn’t feel like all that long ago I was writing up a preview for the winter season. Time forever remains my eternal enemy as I never seem to have enough of it. It certainly would be great to have a hyperbolic time chamber or borrow Homura’s shield so I can get through my Steam backlog. Sure I may age prematurely three or four years but I can’t say it wouldn’t be worth it.

The winter season looking back was quite great, possible the best I have seen in a long time. So naturally the Spring Season is looking inferior in comparison. I admit I don’t have much here I am really passionate about. There is potential in a couple of shows here and a few sequels I say people are looking forward to. One of those sequels not being Berserk’s next season because I am certain Berserk fans are already crying tears of blood and rage at the further bastardization of the franchise. Of course we won’t really know what we got till we get it but let’s see if I make deciding what to watch a little easier for you.

As usual I have looked up every source I can find, be it Manga, Light novel or Game and checked the staff for each show to get a better idea for what we are in for. The poll below will be used to see what you most want to see blogged with the top spot pretty much guaranteed to be covered.

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Once again thanks to Mario for gathering the images, writing with a few previews and helping with the layout. You save me quite a lot of tedium. Thanks to Helghast as well as acting as editor for this piece.

 

The sequels/prequels I don’t care about

BERSERK 2

Boku no Hero Academia 2

Kyoukai no RINNE 3

Idol Time PriPara

Natsume Yuujinchou Roku

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 2

Star Mu 2

Shingeki no Bahamut: VIRGIN SOUL

Yu☆Gi☆Oh! VRAINS

Warau Salesman NEW

 

Series I don’t look forward to

CLOCKWORK PLANET


Studio: Xebec

Director: Tsuyoshi Nagasawa

Script/Series composer: Kenji Sugihara

Source: Light Novel

Naoto’s a high school dropout and brilliant amateur tinkerer. He lives in a world that has been so over-exploited that the entire surface has become one vast machine. When a box crashes into his home containing a female automaton, it’s a harbinger of change that will rock the entire globe, and give Naoto his chance to be a hero.

 

This is one of the things I dislike about Light novels. They can have excellent ideas which are ultimately hampered because the writer just doesn’t have the talent or is pushed to make them into a typical light novel formula. In this case I find the world and basic premise to be quite interesting. Namely a planet filled with clockwork gears which no one understands how it functions anymore and the protagonists acting as terrorists fighting against a corrupt society. But it just has a lot of the tropes that hamper a lot of light novel adaptions like harems, fanservice, shoved in school settings…first arc may have some thinking it’s different but it falls in line with typical fair after that. As far as the old bargain bin light novel adaptions goes, this is one of the better ones. Though with Xebec at the helm the fanservice is likely going to get a boost. It’s bad enough that the main lead female character’s name is Rueez Yourslave. Yes, Your Slave. You stay classy Japan. Animation in the trailer looks a bit cheap as well so I say keep your expectations low and you might enjoy this.

Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria


Studio: J.C.Staff

Director: Youhei Suzuki

Script/Series composer: Hideki Shirane

Source: Light Novel

Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the “Dungeon” along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon’s corpse that crumbles to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. “Um, are you OK?” In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect!

 

Sigh…you know we give Sword Art Online so much hate for this but maybe part of the blame lies in the fans having more pocket change than us. Because someone is buying blu-rays of this crap, otherwise it wouldn’t keep getting made. Anyway this series is to the main series what A certain Scientific Railgun is to the Certain Magical index series. A spinoff which seems to focus on one of the protags haremettes and the adventures they had outside of his sight. In fact it does bare a number of similarities to Railgun, even down to the overbearing lesbian. I don’t have any real investment in this series so my perception of this story is already coloured but I really don’t find these character interesting. The main Heroine is just dull and one dimensional with her teammates being annoyingly chipper. We got fanservice and fighting but all and all it feels rather dull. If anything it seems we have moved from Harem with done to death LN story to Cute girls doing cute things with done to death LN story. If you are a fan of the original series then you are bound to enjoy this but otherwise I don’t think it will convert newcomers.

 

eromanga sensei


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Ryouhei Takeshita

Script/Series composer: Tatsuya Takahashi

Source: Light Novel

The “new sibling romantic comedy” revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune’s little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn’t left her room for an entire year. She even forces her brother to make and bring her meals when she stomps the floor. Masamune wants his sister to leave her room, because the two of them are each other’s only family.

Masamune’s novel illustrator, pen name “Eromanga,” draws extremely perverted drawings, and is very reliable. Masamune had never met his illustrator, and figured he was just a disgusting, perverted otaku. However, the truth is revealed… that his “Eromanga-sensei” is his own younger sister! To add to the chaos that erupts between the siblings, a beautiful, female, best-selling shoujo manga creator becomes their rival!

 

Oh no. Not this guy again. Well ladies and gents, let us welcome back the writer of Oreimo aka, my little Sister can’t be this cute, AKA the cancer that spawned the incest fad that made it that we couldn’t have a single season without a show about brothers and sisters wanting to bone. Well this story is essentially Oreimo again with extra lolitas. Really that is this to the core, don‘t expect any real insight into light novel creation because anything related to that is superficial at best. We have an estranged brother and sister who happen to reconnect when the brother discovers his sister’s secret hobby. This time the author made sure to make them non-blood related because that’s…important…I guess. The story has a high level of contrivance, namely the brother is a published light novel author who can write several novels in a week(As someone who writes regularly and someone who has wrote a novel, LIKE HELL THAT’S POSSIBLE) whose sister just so happens to be his light novel illustrator and the brothers rival writer coincidentally moves in next door and also happens to be a little girl. The little sister is better than Kirino from what I have seen but is still a self entitled brat who wants to play doctor with her brother, brother is a bland self insert and it looks like a harem is gathering around. If you liked Oreimo perhaps this will appeal to you but I just hope it doesn’t bring a second coming of that damn incest fad.

 

FRAME ARMS GIRL


Studio: Zexcs

Director: Keiichirou Kawaguchi

Script/Series composer: Hitomi Mieno

Source: Other (Model Kit Line)

The anime’s story begins when Ao opens a package that arrives at her doorstep. Inside the package is Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl: a small robot capable of independent movement. Gourai is a newly-developed prototype: a Frame Arms Girl equipped with an “Artificial Self,” an advanced AI that gives her a personality. Ao is the only one that has activated her. Gourai begins to gather both battle data and emotions, starting a day-to-day life with Ao, who knows nothing about Frame Arms Girls.

 

Only source I had to go on was a manga which seems to be acting as a prequel story and if that is representative of the main product then this sounds like it’s chasing the popularity of Kantai collection. Cute girls being cute mix with some action. The premise overall just sounds like Angelic Layer The director’s previous efforts are pretty lackluster with one of his most recent works being the Phantasy Star Online 2 anime. Series composer is working on two shows this season with Fukumenkei Noise being the other one. We got both good and bad with her as she did work on Flying Witch but also worked on Hatsukoi Monster. Based on the staff and source I would guess this series is going to be less focused on action and more on the various Frame Arms girls interacting with each other. More slice of life hijinks than robot fighting girl action.

 

Fukumenkei Noise


Studio: Brains Base

Director: Hideya Takahashi

Script/Series composer: Hitomi Mieno

Source: Manga

Nino, a girl who likes to sing, experienced two farewells in the past. First, with her first love, Momo, and second, with Yuzu, a boy who composes music. But upon those two farewells, she made a promise with each of them: to continue singing until they find her voice again. Time has passed, and now these three are in high school…?!

 

This is another one of those show I can’t really judge due to my own personal bias. It’s the type of shoujo story that I just lose all interest in immediately. The main character has that annoying shoujo heroine mindset of being socially awkward but somehow endearing to the male cast who consist of guys with possessive issues. Music may be featured but like Nana, it’s hardly the focus. Romance is more at the forefront here and I just didn’t find it that interesting. Again, this is exactly the type of show that goes against my personal tastes so take this opinion with a grain of salt.

 

GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Ayako Kurata

Script/Series composer: Unknown

Source: Game

 

Video game developer Cygames announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that its Granblue Fantasy smartphone game will receive an anime adaptation.

 

Seeing as I wrote a preview on this last season only to have it delayed to this season, I will paste it again here. I have seen this title pop up in a number of places and from the looks of things it’s a smartphone game with bejeweled gameplay combined with Kantai Collection. As a veteran gamer I have a certain deprecating attitude towards mobile gaming. There are certainly exceptions but the majority of mobile games tend to be time wasters and nothing more. A lot of it is geared towards skinner box tactics to push for microtransactions and I doubt that this title is any different. In general while video game adaptations fair better than card game adaptations, it still is a rarity to find a worthwhile title. Games with not much of a story and a large cast of characters really also don’t translate well to anime seeing as they need to pay service to fans while forming a coherent story.

 

Gin no Guardian


Studio: Emon

Director: Ken Andou

Script/Series composer: Yuuji Hosono

Source: Web Comic

Sui Gin may be poor, but he is one of the best online video game players. This identity however, is unknown to all except for RikuLei, Sui Gin’s classmate. She delivers a mysterious mobile device to Sui Gin but before being able to explain herself, RikuLei is kidnapped and Sui Gin unwittingly finds himself wrapped up in series of problematic circumstances. Searching for a way to save her, he accidentally activates the device allowing him to dive into a new Virtual game-world.

 

Our Chinese animation studio friends who made Spritpact, Hitori no Shita and Bloodvories are back. By all means keep trying guys but forgive me for having low expectations. Staff is pretty much newbies with the writers only previous work being an anime called Kiddy Grade and a magical girl show that I remembered watching called Uta Kana. I believe Uta was one of those pre-madoka magical girl anime that tried to pull a dark twist. Though it wasn’t all that interesting. I can’t help but sigh a bit when reading that description as the inspiration seems rather obvious but seeing as I couldn’t find a translation of the web comic I am afraid I can’t give much insight into the title. Perhaps it could surprise and I certainly would like for this studio to succeed but odds are this isn’t going to be the one to take them out of the shadows.

 

Hinako Note


Studio: Passione

Director: Tooru Kitahata & Takeo Takahashi

Script/Series composer: Tatsuhiko Urahata

Source: 4-Koma Manga

Hinako is poor at speaking and lives in a rural part of Japan. She wants to improve her speech to be able to talk to people freely, so in high school, she transfers schools to Tokyo and plans to join a theater club. When she arrives, it turns out her boarding house is a secondhand bookstore, and a girl who eats books lives there.

Hinako is a shy little girl whom animals are instinctively drawn to. Because of this, Hinako works as a scarecrow to keep said animals away from the crops in her neighbors fields. Thus the tale of the scarecrow girl begins!

 

Mario: Essentially a cute girls doing cute thing show, this time the cute girl… well, doesn’t talk very well so expect her to be babblingggg all the times. One thing I did notice while looking at the trailers of those kinds of cute girls shows is their worlds are devoid of any male characters, like the entire male race doesn’t exist at all (we males constitute 50% of the world population just so you know). More hijinks of stereotype girls of course and so far based on the trailers all the casts are as loud as annoying as you would expect. On the positive notes though, the art and animation looks a lot neater than I expected and the director has some serious good anime in his resume (Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (okay, not that good), Spice and Wolf both seasons, Rokka no Yuusha); although most of them are fantasy fares so I wonder how he able to deal with this one. Passione doesn’t have much works in its resume, only previous done Rokka, Haitai Nanafa and Rail Wars which were mild but weren’t terrible either. Although looking that it’s adapted from a 4-koma manga I have my doubts that it might turn out to be a short series one.

 

KABUKIBU!


Studio: Studio Deen

Director: Kazuhiro Yoneda

Script/Series composer: Yoshiko Nakamura

Source: Light Novel

The series revolves around Kurogo Kurusu, a high school student who loves kabuki so much that it’s annoying. Kurogo yearns to perform kabuki as part of a club at his school, but currently his school doesn’t have a kabuki club. So Kurogo sets out to create a kabuki club, and his first order of business is to gather members.

 

Couldn’t get any translation of the source material for this one but it does seem to be the normal pattern of Studio Deen making a more female orientated show after going all out for something. In this case they just went all in for Rakugo and Konosuba so a regular Otome show is pretty much here to recoup some cash. I could be wrong and maybe this is a different kind of show than I think, however the trailer and promotional material say otherwise. Director only directed two other shows before this, those being Akatsuki no Yona and Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara. The series composer seems to reinforce my belief that this something for Deen to make some safe cash on as she has Super Lovers and Shounen maid as previous work. Though she also worked on Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. I don’t have much hope for this one, the art of Kabuki is interesting but the all male lineup makes me think that learning about Kabuki will be secondary in this case.

 

Kekkai Sensen & BEYOND


Studio: Studio Bones

Director: Shigehito Takayanagi

Script/Series composer: Yasuko Kamo

Source: Manga

Second season of Kekkai Sensen.

 

I can’t say I cared too much about Kekkai Sensen(Or Blood Blockade Battlefront) season 1. My general feelings were that it was visually interesting but the story felt inconsequential and inconclusive. Perhaps it was the episodic narrative that turned me off it. I don’t deny that the characters and the setting are interesting. There were moments in the first season I found entertaining such as the chess match. I know those who enjoyed the first season are bound to be watching this one and reading the manga wouldn’t really give an accurate measure of what this show is like as the show has pretty much gone anime original. So this isn’t my kind of show but if it’s yours then by all means watch away.

 

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?


Studio: Satelight

Director: Junichi Wada

Script/Series composer: Akira Kareno

Source: Light Novel

Five hundred years have passed since the humans went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious ‘Beasts’. The surviving races now make their homes up on floating islands in the sky, out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts.

Only a small group of young girls, the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient weapons needed to fend off invasions from these creatures. Into the girls’ unstable and fleeting lives, where a call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a young man who lost everything in his final battle five hundred years ago, the last living human awakened from a long, icy slumber.

Unable to fight any longer, Willem becomes the father that the girls never had, caring for and nurturing them even as he struggles to come to terms with his new life, in which he feels the pain of helplessly waiting for his loved ones to return home from battle that his ‘Daughter’ once felt for him so long ago. Together, Willem and the girls gradually come to understand what family means and what is truly worth protecting.

 

That synopsis certainly sounds exciting doesn’t it? End of the world, child soldiers, an aged veteran…so why oh why is it so dreadfully boring? I read a translation of the light novel for this one and I found myself skimming text before long because my interest had petered out. Watch in excitement as our protagonist goes around and talks with people. So much effort is put into world building that I wouldn’t be surprised if half the book what just exposition text about the world. But it all means nothing as the story just focuses on the daily lives of this guy and these child soldiers. I was shocked upon finishing the first novel to find that pretty much nothing happened. No villains, no real drama, nothing. I understand that not every story needs drastic end of the world stakes to be enjoyable but I would at least like something of worth. Man goes to orphanage to look after kids, end of first novel. The pacing of this story has me thinking that it will take several episodes before people end knowing what this show is actually about. Again I started skimming so perhaps I bypassed the point where it gets interesting, perhaps an anime adaption can tied it all together with good atmosphere and storytelling. Though this Staff is completely inexperienced. The director only worked on that Nagoto spinoff of Haruhi and the series composer seems to be the light novel author himself and he has no previous experience with series compostion. I say this will end up dropping off people’s radar fast.

 

Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu


Studio: Oriental Light and Magic

Director: Takao Kato

Script/Series composer: Kenichi Araki

Source: Original

The story is set in “the future, just a little after the present day…. To respond to disasters beyond human comprehension and the increasing complexity of crime and mishaps, the mobile emergency police Hyper Rescue (an organization newly formed by the government primarily for life-saving) developed ‘Drive Heads’ that are specialized with police, fire-fighting, and rescue capabilities.

‘Drive Heads’ are special vehicles that change from car forms to humanoid walker vehicles. The grade schooler Gou Kurumada and other children found to be suitable become drivers and join forces with the mobile emergency police and other adults. Even now, they race to the scene to protect the peace and security of all humanity. Go Rescue!

 

Mario: Okay, this is a kid show (which I actually don’t mind), but they have a plot of mecha robot fighting for the sake of humanity on top of that, so consider any interest of mine for this show had vanished. Imagine this show is your typical Power Ranger style anime, those kids will fight off evils, drive super-cool cars that can transform into humanoid vehicles and (if we are lucky) go to school and enjoy everyday life like any ordinary kids. This company’s main outputs consist of dominantly children shows so this is expected from them, and while most of other times they work as an outsource company for other big studio’s projects, they did have some family-friendly successes under their belts (12-sai – which I actually have a fond memories of it; the movie Rudolph the Black Cat which surprisingly earned a Best Animation nomination at the annual Japan Academy Prize – along with the other giants Your Name, A Silent Voice and In this Corner of the World (which won) so I say we have a bit of hope here; but even then at best they could pull some entertaining episodes before getting drowned into the big sea of anime offerings.

 

Love Kome: WE LOVE RICE


Studio: Encourage Films

Director: Takashi Horiuchi

Script/Series composer: Yuuki Takabayashi

Source: Original

The project anthropomorphizes rice (kome in Japanese) into schoolboys. At the Kokuritsu Inaho Academy (“Rice Ear Academy,” a wordplay on national schools), five new rice-inspired students attempt to supplant bread as the popular grain at the school. The new students form the “Love Rice” unit and challenge themselves to perform at the “Harvest Show” to show the delicious appeal of rice grains. The “heartwarming ‘kome’dy with laughs and passion” promises to let audiences rediscover the virtues of rice (“Japan’s soul food”).

 

Anthropomorphize…rice. Rice. Anthropomorphize little white seeds into schoolboys. Just….how? To anthropomorphize generally means to ascribe human features to something but in this case you have ascribed so much that they have no connection whatsoever to their previous form. In this case they are just boys named after rice. What makes matters worse is that Harvest Show mentioned in the synopsis which suggests they might be trying to be idols too. If so consider any grain of remote interest I had in this series dead. Staff is all complete inexperienced and nothing the studio made is worth much of a damn.

 

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine


Studio: Bridge

Director: Katsuya Kikuchi

Script/Series composer: Kimiko Ueno

Source: Manga

Accepting the post of Royal Tutor at the court of the king of Grannzreich, Heine Wittgenstein is a little professor with a big job ahead! Each of the kingdom’s four princes has a rather distinct personality. Does their diminutive new instructor have what it takes to lay down some learning? It’s a comedy of educational proportions!

 

The little boy and the creepy ass shotacon princes might be a better title. Well the lead makes a point to say he’s a full grown adult that just so happens to look like a little boy to justify the whole underage thing. Admittedly not my cup of tea as I am clearly not the demographic they are aiming for. However I do find it irritating to see the same otome stereotypes yet again with little difference. Harem anime is guilty of this too but I feel like there’s even less of an effort here. I have seen all these guys before, the smart glasses guy, the misunderstood loner, the egotistical jackass, the aloof childish one…these are the same characters with different names. But hows the comedy you say, well anime comedy generally misses with me but I get this feeling the jokes in this were not funny in the first place. Much like those boy idol shows you see every season I doubt this will be remembered when the season is over.

 

Quan Zhi Gao Shou


Studio: G.CMay Animation & Film

Director: Unknown

Script/Series composer: Unknown

Source: Light Novel

In the multiplayer online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad of reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the pro scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself into the game once more. Possessing ten years of experience, the memories of his past, and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins!

 

Another anime from China is seems and this one looks to have more potential than the other Chinese production this season. Though reading the manga adaption of the work has me less than impressed with the source material. This story is basically like watching a lets play of a an MMO from a top level player. There’s no real stakes or much of a goal other than this guy getting stronger in an MMO. The characters don’t have much depth and I found them uninteresting. The plot just feels really self indulgent with it’s main character being a pro player coming back to teach all these newbies how it’s done. The entire world seems to revolve around this RPG and our protagonist just can never do no wrong. It’s very much a Isekai story like Overlord or the other half a dozen examples of the genre. If you are into this kind of story I suppose it could be rather watchable if the animation is good. But otherwise I deem this a forgettable work.

 

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Kinki Kyouten


Studio: LIDENFILMS

Director: Minato Kazuto

Script/Series composer: Touko Machida

Source: Light Novel

Sistina attends a magical academy to hone her skills in the magical arts, hoping to solve the mystery of the enigmatic Sky Castle. After the retirement of her favorite teacher, the replacement, Glen, turns out to be a tardy, lazy, and seemingly incompetent bastard of an instructor. How is it that Glen was hand-picked by the best magician in the academy?!

 

It’s a light novel story. Alright it’s slightly different in that the main character is a teacher but it follows a fairly similar formula. He’s immensely overpowered, has girls flocking to him, villains are all one dimensional assholes…The setting and names are different but we have been through all this before. This is essentially the asterix war or failed knight of this season. Alongside Clockwork Planet.

 

Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai


Studio: Artland

Director: Kinji Yoshimoto

Script/Series composer: Kinji Yoshimoto

Source: Other (Multimedia Project)

You, will you be a worshipper of the devil lords? These beautiful lords lead humans to the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. A revealing fantasy that craves to corruption and happiness starts now.

 

The seven deadly sins motif truly has been overused at this point. It was cool when fullmetal alchemist did it but recently I find it popping up far too often. From the Shounen show the Seven deadly sins, servamp, Trinity Seven, Re:Zero and many others I can’t quite recall. I am even playing a visual novel and it too has a weapon with a seven deadly sins motif though at least it’s relevant seeing at the story revolves around christian mythology, it’s appropriate. But here we are again with Sloth, Wrath, pride, Lust, Gluttony, Greed and Envy. As it is an original anime I only have the staff and promo to go on and it really doesn’t look good from that. For one the director is also acting as writer and his previous work gives a pretty good idea of what we are getting. This appears to be his first time with series composition but his director work includes Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai, Queen’s Blade, a hentai called Front Innocent and a couple of other shows that seem pretty fanservice focused. Seeing as this is a show representing the seven deadly sins as girls in skintight fabric something tells me this isn’t going to be an introspective dive into the nature of sin. This seems to be a show for those who like a healthy dose of fanservice in their anime. Otherwise I say give it a pass.

 

Tsugumomo


Studio: Zero-G

Director: Ryouichi Kuraya

Script/Series composer: Ryouichi Kuraya

Source: Manga

Kazuya Kagami’s most treasured possession in the world is the obi left to him by his late mother. The scent of cherry-blossoms infused into it helps him through his day – but he never expected it to save his life, becoming a beautiful kimono-clad girl who calls herself an “artifact spirit.” Her name is Kiriha, tsukumogami of the sash, who naturally moves in with him, as he is her “owner.” Throw in Chisato, his bespectacled friend, an overprotective older sister who wants to take baths with him, a busty priestess, a seductive sorceress named Kokuyoura, and Kazuya’s life has just gotten a lot more…interesting.

 

Here is something I never quite expected would get an anime adaption. Why is that you ask? Is it some obscure gem ignored by the anime industry by now? Oh god no. Tsugumomo is more or less a pretty standard shounen battle manga though it does deal with the interesting topic of tsukumogami that reside in objects. There is one big difference though between something like this and something like My Hero Academia and that is the fanservice in this thing is off the charts. I am talking borderline porn here. It starts out somewhat tame but it just escalates as the series continues. Made all the more uncomfortable by the fact that the main heroine is a loli and she gets the bulk of the fanservice. It’s possible that the studio plans to tone down the fanservice in the series and turn it into a typical shounen though I am not sure if the end result would be all that interesting. Perhaps if it is well animated enough that could make it visually impressive as the fight scenes do get creative and dynamic. However considering the trailer’s level of animation as well as the animation studio I doubt it could reach that level of quality.

 

Twin Angel BREAK


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki

Script/Series composer: Michiko Itou

Source: Manga

In the story, two third-year middle school girls fight evil as Twin Angels under orders from a hedgehog named Miruku-chan. The girls disagree, but as they work together, little by little they become friendlier with each other.

 

That synopsis seems to give the general idea pretty well. Looks like we have here a traditional magical girl anime. Director pretty much has nothing great to his name and a lot of what he worked on is bad. Series composer doesn’t look much better with Day Break Illusion, Wizard barristers and Ookamisan and the seven companions. Honestly this looks like it will be something to skip.

 

Series I am middling on

 

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS


Studio: Studio Pierrot

Director: Noriyuki Abe & Hiroyuki Yamashita

Script/Series composer: Makoto Uezu

Source: Manga

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto!

 

You know I thought when you ended as series, that was supposed to be the last of it. But with something as popular as Naruto it’s really no surprise that they want to milk it further. Shonen Jump has lost two of the shounen big three and it seems that no one has taken their places as of yet. Many have tried of course but none can quite live up to what was the peak of these series. Still I don’t think the solution is just to continue past the ending. Naruto has long run out of steam, I even dare say the show should have ended before Shippuden started. It had merit in the beginning but a time comes when a show must end. But seeing as that isn’t happening, what is this show like? Well from the little I read of the manga it’s so far alright. Naruto fans should get a kick out of seeing old favorites now all grown up but I do think the series depends a little too heavily on the past series. The new characters can’t help but feel a little too much like bootleg versions of the originals though they seem to be trying to differentiate them. For example Boruto doesn’t want to become Hokage, in fact he hates the idea because Naruto is so busy being one to spend time with his family. If it follows the manga I think Naruto fans might get a kick out of this but with Studio Perriot at the helm I fear the animation is going to be lacking and they may try to shove in filler in an attempt to turn its current 10 chapters into some long running series. Much like they tried with Twin Star Exorcists. So if you are a Naruto fan this could be an enjoyable show, otherwise I say skip it.

 

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism


Studio: Silver Link

Director: Hideki Tachibana

Script/Series composer: Kento Shimoyama

Source: Manga

The “battle action” story follows Fudou Nomura, who transfers to a school where girls carry weapons to rule mercilessly over the boys. Shortly after transferring he becomes a target of Rin Onigawara, a member of the the Five Ruling Swords that commands the school. In order break free he must defeat the Five Ruling Swords.

 

When reading this series I get serious flashbacks to Kill La Kill. It has the same over the top action in a school setting which is beyond ridiculous. The student council is naturally the elite fighters that our protagonist has to face down. There is a harem element as well as fanservice but it’s mainly over the top ridiculous action. Director worked on Dragon Crisis, Higurashi Kira and Blazblue previously so that doesn’t bode well. Only thing of note I can find in his previous work is the OVA adaption of Alice in Borderland(That manga series deserves a full anime adaption. It’s so very good.) Series composer is currently working on Masamune-kun no Revenge this season and out of their previous work the best I can pick out is Binbougami ga and Servant x Service. The thing that would really determine if this show is a success or not is the animation and presentation. The story requires a certain tone in order to work and if these guys mess it out it could end up being a fairly awkward watch. Considering this director things don’t look good on that front.

 

Alice to Zouroku


Studio: J.C.Staff

Director: Katsushi Sakurabi

Script/Series composer: Fumihiko Takayama

Source: Manga

The story centers on a little girl called Sana, who is one of the children that holds the power of “Alice’s Dream,” an ability that enables her to materialize anything she imagines. After escaping a lab where she was a test subject, Sana ends up in a normal world where she encounters an old man named Zouroku, but will he help her?

 

Can’t get my hands on any english translated manga so I will have to go off the staff for this one. What little I found of the manga gave the impression this would be more of a slapstick comedy despite how the synopsis sounds. Directors directed a number of single episodes but his main director roles are not very impressive. The best of his work is flying Witch but I have a little bit of grudge as this was the guy who directed the Tsukihime anime which everyone wishes didn’t exist. Series composter only has three other shows where she was the main composer, those being Aoi Hana, Yomigaeru Sora Rescue WIngs and Gunparade March. None of these were particularly great seeing as you have likely never heard of them. This one depends on the strength of it’s source material though it looks to me like the kind of show that doesn’t make full use of it’s premise.

 

ID-0


Studio: Sanzigen

Director: Gorou Taniguchi

Script/Series composer: Yousuke Kuroda

Source: Original

I-Machines are the general term for robots that operate in extreme environments. While Alliance Academy student Maya Mikuri is in the middle of operating an I-Machine, she gets involved in an incident with pirates, and ends up serving as a crew member on an excavation company’s spaceship.

 

This is Sanzigen who previously worked on Bubuki Buranki so despite how it looks, this is a CGI animated anime. Despite it’s flaws, I enjoyed both seasons of Bubuki Buranki so I am rather curious as to what this studio is doing next. The trailer doesn’t give me much hope as it was mainly cute girls and a underwear shot. Staff looks a little more promising as the director worked on Maria the Virgin Witch, Code Geass, Planetes, and Infinite Ryvius. Though his last work Active Raid was a bit of a dud. Series composer is a bigger mixed bag with some great(Hellsing Ultimate, Phantom, Trigun) and some terrible(Maken-Ki, Jungle de Ikou). His recent efforts have been quite bad(Valkyrie Drive Mermaid, Matoi the Sacred Slayer) I don’t know what we might get out of this guy but one thing I can say is that these two are anime industry veterans who have been doing this for quite a while. Provided Kuroda can write a decent script, this thing is in good hands. Though one thing I can say for certain is that the end result is bound to have fanservice.

 

Renai Boukun


Studio: EMT Squared

Director: Atsushi Nigorikawa

Script/Series composer: Natsuko Takahashi

Source: Manga

A Kiss Note is a powerful notebook that makes anyone who has their name written together will instantly fall in love if they kiss each other regardless of any circumstances. This magical and very familiar item belongs to an angel named Guri whose job as cupid is to create couples. However, she accidentally writes down Aino Seiji, a regular high school student, and unless he kisses someone, Guri will die. She convinces Seiji to go kiss his crush, Hiyama Akane, the school’s popular girl who turns out has even stronger feelings for him, bordering on obsessive and psychotic. Eventually Akane and Seiji come together but not before Guri decides that she likes Seiji as well. What seems awesome to most guys becomes hell for Seiji who just wants a normal relationship with girls.

 

This one reminds me a lot of To-Love Ru when it started out. When it was more space hijinks instead of all out fanservice. Though this has significantly less fanservice. A more apt comparison would be a Rumiko Takahashi work like a Ranma 1/2 or Urusei Yatsura. Theres plenty of hijinks but romantic development is at a standstill throughout. Comedy is more the main focus so if you liked Jitsu wa Watashi wa then this might be to your taste. This looks to be the studio’s first TV anime as all their other previous works were 10 minute series including Amero Cocoa and Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu. Director doesn’t have much to his name as this seems to be the second show he’s directed besides two seasons of Anitore. Series composer worked on Ore Monogatari and Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari though she also worked on Divine gate and Norn9 which were pretty bad. I am lukewarm on the series overall but I think some might get a kick out of it if you don’t mind watching a regular harem every now and then. One unrelated thing I would like to mention is that it’s always weird when reading a manga you assume a character’s hair colour in your mind only to find it completely different in the anime. Here I always seen the yandere girl and lead as blond only to find they are a redhead and bluehead.(Is there a term for someone with blue hair?) Same thing happened with the maid girl in Masamune, always seen her as a redhead only for her to be blond in the anime. Always throws me off.

 

SAGRADA RESET


Studio: David Production

Director: Shinya Kawatsura

Script/Series composer: Katsuhiko Takayama

Source: Light Novel

Nearly half the population of Sakurada, a small town near the Pacific Ocean, has some sort of unique power. These powers range from being able to enter the mind of a cat, to resetting the world back to a certain point in time in the past. There is a group known as the “Kanrikyoku” that controls and monitors the use of these powers. Asai Kei and Haruki Misora work for their school’s club called “Houshi” club, which execute any missions received from the Kanrikyoku. Misora has the ability to reset the world 3 days. This means that all events and any memory of the past 3 days that “could have” happened, never happened. Kei has the ability to “remember” the past. Even after Misora uses her powers to reset the world back 3 days, Kei will retain those 3 days in his memory. Combining their powers, these two solve missions issued by the Kanrikyoku.

 

I wasn’t able to find a translation of the light novel so my impression of this is going to have to be on the staff. The concept seems interesting but I really hate that they just had to shove a school setting in there. Characters could have been adults working for Kanrikyoku but nope, instead they are a school club that receives orders from them. Got to crowbar that school setting in somewhere huh? Best thing the director worked on was Kokoro Connect. Series composer is more worrisome as while he has ef and Ga-Rei-Zero, the majority of his work is pretty terrible. Ange Vierge, Big Order, Aldnoah Zero and (I kid you not) Boku no pico. This one will have to depend on the strength of the source material and my biggest worry would be it wasting it’s premise for a more slice of life style story.

 

SAKURA QUEST


Studio: PA Works

Director: Souichi Matsui

Script/Series composer: Masahiro Yokotani

Source: Original

The story centers on five girls who work in the tourism bureau of their small provincial town. The town revives its “micro-nation” tourism program, which originated from a nationwide movement during Japan’s bubble economy period, and hires the five girls as “monarchs” (tourism ambassadors). The anime will depict one year in their jobs in the tourism industry, and show how they change and grow.

 

Cute girls being tourist agents. PA Works has always used their anime as a kind of tourism ad in the first place by basing them in real locations so I guess it’s logical that they make a tourism anime. I am at least glad that it seems unrelated to the trash Sakura games that reside on Steam. Director hasn’t worked on much besides Shin Chan and Scrapped princess. Series composer worked on Shimoneta, Re:Zero and Hataraku Maou-sama. Overall this seems like a typical PA Works show for better or worse. It’s not written by Okada but the trailer seems to have the same sort of slice of life easy going comedy happening. My guess is this will be fairly watchable but not really all that memorable.

 

Tsuki ga Kirei


Studio: feel.

Director: Seiji Kishi

Script/Series composer: Yuuko Kakihara

Source: Original

The series focuses on characters Akane Mizuno and Kotarou Azumi, two third-year middle school students who become classmates for the first time. The series will depict each characters’ growth and connection to the people around them, such as classmates, club-mates, teachers, and parents. The anime will also center on the youthful adolescent romance of the characters, who are hounded by change and uncertainty as the seasons inevitably pass. The other characters depicted in the above image are named Chinatsu Nishio and Takumi Hira.

 

The synopsis sounds like a school slice of life though the idea of time progression is a fascinating one. Most school slice of life stay in the same place with little change but being able to see a person change as they go through school life might breathe some fresh air into this concept. The director I dislike for his video game adaptions but he did work on Humanity has declined and Angel Beats(I didn’t like Angel beats but I know a lot of people did) Series composer’s previous work includes Orange, Chihayafuru season 2 and Sakamichi no Apollon so she’s certainly qualified with the subject matter of this story. Though she does have some stinkers in her resume, though source material may be the main culprit in these cases. Studio’s previous work seems to be a mostly bad with Snafu’s second season being the best anime standout. Overall I am mildly intrigued though how good this series turns out depends on how well the characters develop as time passes.

 

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho


Studio: White Fox

Director: Tetsuo Hirakawa

Script/Series composer: Unknown

Source: Light Novel

The “grimoire fantasy” series follows a witch named Zero who is ignorant of the world and a half-beast half-human mercenary who longs to be human. Witches who practice sorcery exist in the world, however, in this era no one knows how about the art and study of witchcraft. Zero is going on a journey to search for a magical tome called “The Book of Zero” that hides a power that can destroy the world. The mercenary travels with her as her guard.

 

The good news about this one is that it doesn’t follow conventional Light novel formula. The bad news is I really don’t know what to think of it. It bases a lot of it’s story on the witch hunts of the medieval ages and the protagonist is interesting in how he’s been cursed to look like a bear. The comedy really falls flat but it at least puts some effort into it’s world building. Story pacing is fairly slow and I just find it hard to get invested in. This is the director’s first TV series though he has done bit work for a number of other shows. My guess is that they are taking on the original creator to act as script writer or supervisor as no series composer has been listed. Really is is a story I think I will be able to make my mind up on when I see it in motion. I don’t expect to suddenly love it but it may be something to catch some people’s interest.

 

Shingeki no Kyojin 2


Studio: Wit Studio

Director: Tetsurou Araki & Masashi Koizuka

Script/Series composer: Yasuko Kobayashi

Source: Manga

The second season of Shingeki no Kyojin. Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity’s freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest? A horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues!

 

Certainly one of the most anticipated anime’s of this season due to Attack on Titan’s mainstream popularity but forgive me if I not too excited for this one. We have the same staff that worked on the first season but I have a feeling this season will cause a number of fans to lose interest. It’s possible with the right execution this series could prove to be as good as the first but based purely on the source material I found that Attack on Titan really starts to lose steam at this point. The authors weaknesses in characterisation are made more apparent and plot progression is slow. If you had questions by the end of the first season I would not expect them to be addressed for quite a while. Even then the answers are not as interesting as you might think. If this is a single cour then we will have another second season whose primary interest will be building up to a unconfirmed third season which generally are fairly unsatisfying. I would like to be proven wrong and I certainly could but I think this season might kill the popularity of the series.

 

Series I do look forward to

ATOM: THE BEGINNING


Studio: Production I.G

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro & Tatsuo Satou

Script/Series composer: Junichi Fujisaku

Source: Manga

Japan in the near future suffers an unexplained major disaster. Five years later, reconstruction is well underway. Two young researchers at a university are pinning all their hopes on robot development. Now their new interpretation of the eternal hero Astro Boy up until his birth is just about to start!

This is a prequel to Astro boy or as he is known in Japan, Mighty Atom. Personally I would have prefered a Pluto adaption if we are doing a Astro Boy prequel but this is pretty entertaining in it’s own right. The story is pretty simple and invokes a more old school, traditional style of storytelling. Considering that it’s a prequel to a manga by Osamu Tezuka, the proclaimed Father of manga, that’s really expected. In that regard a lot of the presentation is on the nose but from what I read of the manga this was a very fun read. In animated form this series could really shine as the action sequences are quite exhilarating. The story mainly follows Tenma, Ochanomizu and what looks to be the prototype that would be later be used to create astro boy. This takes place in their college years before they gained fame for their robotic work. So the story follows these two trying to prove the worth of their robotic programing while the robot becomes more conscious and heroic. It depends on how well the story turns out after the first five chapters but this could turn out to be a very enjoyable anime series.

 

Uchoten Kazoku 2


Studio: PA Works

Director: Masayuki Yoshihara

Script/Series composer: Ryou Higaki

Source: Novel

One day, “The Junior”, estranged son of Professor Akadama, who disappeared after losing a fierce father-son dispute, has returned home after a century, now an English gentleman. The big news spread in and out of the Kyoto area in the blink of an eye and shake up both the Tengu and Tanuki worlds. The paths of Humans, Tanukis and Tengus intertwine in Kyoto as the second volume of the furball picture scroll unravels!

 

Mario: Time for confession, I love Tomohiko Morimi’s writing. He has great flairs for characters writing (his characters are distinctive and warm) and excellent dialogue (this admittedly not for everyone’s taste but mine); and moreover I’m in love with his mundane Kyoto settings that apparent throughout his body of works. In regards to the overall quality, his Tatami Galaxy work is better but I’m more drawn to Uchoten Kazoku’s magical realism settings which to be honest one of my most favorite anime settings ever. But enough fanboying about the series and let’s see what the new season will offer us. While the first season focused on the tanuki community and their election to choose the great tanuki; the second one will focus more on the conflicts between tanuki, tengu and human worlds and I say bring it on. Those clashes between different worlds are always the show’s greatest strengths and if this is any indication it should give more development to Bentel who serve as a unique role that link those worlds together. From the look of the trailer the all of the previous cast will be back again with some new bloods so I expect great things from this coming season.

 

Re:CREATORS


Studio: TROYCA

Director: Ei Aoki

Script/Series composer: Ei Aoki, Rei Hiroe

Source: Original

Humans have created many stories. Joy, sadness, anger, deep emotion. Stories shake our emotions, and fascinate us. However, these are only the thoughts of bystanders. But what if the characters in the story have “intentions”? To them, are we god-like existences for bringing their story into the world? Our world is changed. Mete out punishment upon the realm of the gods. In Re:CREATORS, everyone becomes a Creator.

 

I understand that a synopsis is supposed to catch someone’s attention but any chance we can stop the bragging about how “different” this story is and actually summarize the idea? Only thing I got from this is the characters in this series are somehow self aware of the fourth wall…I guess? Animation studio hasn’t done much besides that show about the girl who had a fetish for human skeletons(Sakurako-san no ashimoto ni wa shitai ga Umatteiru). Director is pretty good having Fate/Zero, Wandering son, Kara no Kyoukai movie 1 and Ga-Rei-Zero on his resume. But here’s where things get interesting. Listed as the original creator and writer is the mangaka who created Black Lagoon. This looks to be his first time writing for an anime so who knows how it will turn out but I am much more interested in this series after seeing that piece of information. Looking at the trailer it looks like a no holds barred anime genre war with Mages fighting mecha, magical girls fighting knights and if that’s the case that could be something worth watching. I am cautious as this will be different from Black Lagoon but if he can bring the action then this could be something.

 

Seikaisuru Kado


Studio: Toei Animation

Director: Kazuya Murata

Script/Series composer: Unknown

Source: Original

Kojirou Shindou. Cabinet Office Director-General for Policy Planning, is at Haneda Airport for a business trip.

While the plane is on the runway, a giant structure suddenly appears out of thin air. The plane carrying Shindou and 251 passengers is taken undamaged inside the giant structure. After everyone disembarks, a man who looks like an ordinary human being shows up. He assures those from the plane that they’re not in any danger. Shindou asks him to identify himself and explain the situation. Then the outside of the structure is displayed on a large screen, and at the same time, every passenger’s cell phone starts ringing all at once. On each cell phone screen is a message from this man, to every one of Japan’s citizens: “I, Yaha-kui zaShunina, hereby notify you that I am going to intervene in Japan’s internal affairs.”

What is this young man’s goal? And will Shindou manage to become an intermediary between Japan and the Anisotorons…?

 

The biggest negative here is that this is a CGI animated show instead of being 2D animation. Now i don’t think that CGI anime should just disappear as there have been examples of pretty great CGI anime but from what I can tell this is their first CGI animated TV series. They have worked on CGI animated movies before with Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Expelled from Paradise. Based on those the CGI would be passable but I worried there would be an immense downgrade in framerate when making a TV series and for CGI that is a quick way to make animation jarring. Other than that though I love this idea and think it has plenty of potential. For one we have no teenagers in sight and the very idea of diplomatic negotiations with an alien is something that has my full attention. The creator has a decent resume with doing partial work on Code Geass, Eureka Seven and Dennou Coil. He also was one of the series compositors for Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and assisted with the script. He also directed Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet so my overall impression of the guy is that he often was in the background of some fairly great works. Hopefully something rubbed off on him as I really would like this story to turn into something special. From what I have seen of the trailer it does look like quite something.

11 Responses

  1. Konstantinos Travlos says:

    A pity you are not a fan of Shingeki no Bahamut. I really liked the first series. I thought the animation was great and the characters were well made. I will be looking forward to the second series.

    Beyond that, I thing the Anime Gods are making up for the excelelnt last season (I follow at least five shows Gundam:Iron Blooded Orphans, Onihei, My Little Witch Academia, ACCA 13, Youjo Senki. It has been a long time since a season gave me so much fan), by making this upcoming season a bit more boring imho. I will watch Shingeki no Bahamut 2, and will watch Shingeki no Koyjin 2( I like the manga). But beyond that nothing really caught my eye.

    • SuperMario SuperMario says:

      Regarding Shingeki no Bahamut, as I said in the chatbox I dropped it after 3 episodes in its run (mostly due to time-constraint) but I plan to pick it up before the new season begins, though chances that I will cover it is unlikely as if Icover a sequel next season, it’d be Eccentric Family or Blood Blockade Battlefront. Unless Bahamut take a top spot in polls that is, if that’s the case we will work something out then.

  2. donhumberto says:

    Thanks for the preview, it’s always a pleasure reading it. I pretty much agree with your top picks although I’d swap RE-creators for Sakurada Reset (at least based on the pv’s, although that may change once the series are out, obviously). Basically my 2 most anticipated series are Kado (despite the cgi, this looks like it could be a good, serious, mature sci-fi series, and, boy how I miss one of those… we haven’t had a good one since From the new World) and Bahamut S2 (I consider the first season one of the best pure fantasy series of this decade, second only to Garo, and the fact that it’s going to be 2 cour has me more excited).
    Well, all things considered I think 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty strong year anime-wise after all (what with Onihei, Rakugo, Dragon dentist and Acca being absolutely outstanding).

  3. FlFlFanatic says:

    “Huh…why does almost nothing from this season preview look good?”

    *sees Shingeki no Bahamut and Warau Salesman excluded*

    Oh, OK.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      I didn’t think Bahamut would have so many fans. I found it pretty mediocre myself.

      Plus I get the feeling you didn’t even read the thing if those are the only two that caught your interest.

      • Konstantinos Travlos says:

        I think I can understand why you would think it mediocre. Let me put it this way. The story was not something to write home about. I just think the execution and the characters were very good. I.e it is a case of a dull story told in a good way. My expectation is more of the same for season 2.

        • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

          I argee on that. I do think the characters and animation were well done. But I think it will always be rather mediocre as long as it’s chained to that mobile game. The first season also conculded pretty neatly so this next one is going to have to invent some new troubles for the characters to work through now that their back stories are revealed.

          It could manage to pull out something interesting but I am keeping my expectations low.

  4. Pinco Pallino says:

    You say the winter season was strong? I hated it so much. And spring will be even worse? Oh my god. I’m currently rewatching old series.

  5. Bulletmagnet says:

    Well played, sir.

  6. Jithen says:

    I have to disagree with your observation of ‘Twin Star Exorcist’ mentioned below:
    “If it follows the manga I think Naruto fans might get a kick out of this but with Studio Perriot at the helm I fear the animation is going to be lacking and they may try to shove in filler in an attempt to turn its current 10 chapters into some long running series. Much like they tried with Twin Star Exorcists.”
    Although the anime had fillers it allowed the viewers and myself to get quite invested into the story line.
    I built up a rapport with the anime and I believe after watching many anime, that was one of the good ones.
    When it comes to the new stuff, 12 episodes isn’t enough to believe and become part of a story; we all want something more.
    Yes, having a second season can help but fulfill the objective and leave the viewer wanting more after.

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Animosh
@Kaiser & Amagi: I also had lots of political discussions with my father. Didn't know that was such a common occurrence. Boys will be boys I guess? And he's actually a former Marxist too, having grown up in the 60's-70's and all. Now he's just a boring socialist though. ;)
Animosh
RErideD seemed really promising in theory: an original time travel anime written (at least in part) by Abe, with the director of Steins;Gate in charge? Count me in. But unfortunately the reviews so far seem to be uniformly negative. So I'll probably avoid it for now.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Four episodes of RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida got uploaded at the same time earlier.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Yes, although probably just for the Saturday, usually the best day to do so because thats when the sellers are there, usually everythings gone by Sunday. Friday is generally anime pub quiz.
Lenlo
Its just a saturday, so busy. And Kaiser, nice. Gonna go to the con at all?
Lenlo
As a writer for it, I dont believe so?
Anonymous2818178
is this site dead?
Kaiser-Eoghan
There is an animecon here in two weeks. That eyepatchwolf youtuber will be there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still have old single issues of fushigi yugi, inuyasha, Ah my Goddess, narutaru laid around.
Kaiser-Eoghan
They used to realease them like single American comic book issues in the west.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm not talking bound volumes but actual 20-30 pages chapters and these would be expensive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Who remembers RENTING anime dvds and RENTING videogames? Does anyone else remember buying each individual manga chapter as they came out when the official English translations rolled around?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Anyone willing to post their desktop? https://ibb.co/buc4Zz
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or things like Mischief makers .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know vonter mentioned Mystical ninja 64. But I remember after I'd moved on from the snes to the N64 when I was younger, growing up with that obscure castlevania game on it, or stuff like those 3D bomberman games no-one cared about. Or obscure stuff like body harvest, jet force gemini, blast corps , turok, quest 64 and shadowman.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I love coming across those online lists of literally WHOtier, WHOcares , games literally only YOU liked and heard of/played. Makes me feel less alone.
Amagi
I was also always discussing about politics with my father. Whenever we started with this my mother just said "porca putana" and went into another room to watch tv in peace.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animemosh: lol I have daily political discussion with my Marxist-Leninist father just like that =)
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh I should state, even though I'm not as bothered by the modern setting, I actually do prefer the cold war narrative.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: The documentries name was Battle of Chile by Patricio Guzman.
Amagi
Especially since I don't think that the typical BF audience is of a kind that would lose interest because a series is taking place in the past. It was just written for the 80s, people can't just change that without changing the story itself to some degree.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: I thought the anime did such a good job with Shio's backstory , that I didn't miss what was omitted. The anime is now up to date with the scans. I do agree that Satou's obsession with Shio is non-pedophilic but I think the scene itself is kind of going to give the wrong message.
Amagi
@Animosh: one of the many reasons why I would have prefered Banana Fish's original setting.
Animosh
By the way, apparently the backstory of Shio's mother - which supposedly is really tragic - was largely skipped. Guess I'll have to read the manga.
Animosh
I get what they're going for, recreating the ritual and all, but I also thought the Shio-Satou moment was a bit forced. I still think their relationship is platonic though. Satou has never been shown to lust after Shio: she just fills her with warmth and happiness. They're more like messed up siblings than (romantic) lovers.
Animosh
@Kaiser: sounds interesting! Chile is an excellent example of the kind of Cold War intervention that I really don't see happening today. Although you never know with an impulsive narcissist in the White House.
Animosh
End of monologue. Sorry about this. :p
Animosh
Long story short: I think the Banana Fish conspiracies fail to adequately represent the current situation. At the very least, it fits the Cold War world order much better.
Animosh
That includes the US (backing the Kurds and the rebels), but also Turkey and the Arab states (Sunni rebels), Russia and Iran (Assad), and so on and so forth. You can't act like this is the fault of one party. Hell, I'd say Russia and Assad are more responsible for failing to a peaceful resolution when they had the chance.
Animosh
As for Syria, it's a mess, but the US is only one of many parties responsible. And oil isn't particularly important in this conflict. It's a civil war that's been made much worse by the influx of money and weapons from many different parties vying for regional influence.
Animosh
So what does it do? It gives military and financial backing to militias with shared interests (which is much less than Russia does, by the way), orders drone strikes, and perhaps the occasional tactical strike. But overthrowing countries and setting up puppet regimes? I don't see it happening. That's basically declaring war on the other big powers.
Animosh
And even when it does intervene militarily, it rarely goes all out. The US has learned from Iraq and Afghanistan. It doesn't want to be dragged into another endless conflict, or see its efforts end in another brutal civil war that destabilizes the region.
Animosh
So although the US occasionally still intervenes militarily in other countries' affairs, other means of pressure are now more popular. The sanctions against Iran and North Korea are a good example of this.
Animosh
The current landscape is much more complex. America is still powerful, of course, but relatively speaking it is in decline, and that means it can get away with much less. Today's world is closer to a multipolar world, with many sides fighting for influence. And because the ideological conflict is much less pronounced, the US is much less willing to go against its purported values.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: Coincidentally I recently watched a series of Chilean documentaries regarding the murder of Salvador Allende and the installation of the Pinochet Junta.
Animosh
And that meant both that America was far more powerful than it is now, and that much more intervention was considered acceptable - including shamelessly backing dictators that oppressed and exploited their people. After all, a defeat meant evil would prevail.
Animosh
Obviously the US still interferes in other countries. Quite a lot, actually. But there's a big difference between its current policy and that during the Cold War. Back then the geopolitical landscape was very different. It was bipolar, with two big Isms (capitalism and communism) fighting it out.
Animosh
@anon: not sure if this is the right place for a political discussion, but whatever. I like politics, so here we go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*was no exception
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: If, out of the many moments in happy sugar life that I'd consider unsettling, it would be the one's with the aunt and this weeks episode was an exception. That last part of the episode will be interpreted as shoujo-ai bait by people though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Looking forward to Angels of death next week, I think we're getting answers, glad to get answers on bad guy even if he is a simple villain.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now this is an interesting coincidence as last night I just got done watching a documentary about cyberwarfare against Iran.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Thats alot more detailed than what I was going to say. I was just going to say that it reflects current foreign policy.
Anonymous2808488
however the current stalemate in Syria is a reflection of the intransigence of the monied elite to not let go of ill-gotten gains, constantly provoking conflict with Russia/Assad/Iran
Anonymous2808488
Its a documented fact the US/EU promoted the Arab Spring/ISIS rebellions and it was stopped by patriots with a conscience
Anonymous2808488
replace with the mexican cartels/Hezbollah, and oil money promised to Cheney-connected Genie enerrgy
Anonymous2808488
its a pretty accurate description of the current reality minus a couple silly things like the mafia and mind control drugs
Anonymous2808488
You guys realize this plot is unfolding in Syria just replace drugs with oil money
Lenlo
Its hokey in the now, but in the original context the series was written, the Cold War, I think it could fit really well.
Animosh
@Kaiser: what felt awkward to you? I thought the pumpkin stuff in particular was pretty hilarious. Eiji is an evil guy. :p
Animosh
Yeah, the conspiracy stuff feels a bit wacky in the present. But in the context of the Cold War, it makes perfect sense. The USA supported plenty of bloody coups after all, especially in Latin America. Hell, they even backed the Taliban in their war against Russia.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In the future I want to make a bigger effort to follow MORE of whats being covered on here seasonally.
Kaiser-Eoghan
http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Red
https://manganelo.com/manga/red_naoki_yamamoto Two history manga, wonder if they'll be fully translated.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I imagine most will probably agree with you anon though. I have alien taste/opinions. I also love conspiracy stuff =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Originally, in the manga version of that part, it was attacking communism in south America.
Anonymous2805624
I don't know; I kinda find the whole Middle East stuff a bit hokey; maybe that's just me.
Lenlo
Im about to watch it. Looking forward to it
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know its only one line, but that they still mention skip and shorter, even its just their names, at least the show keeps them in mind.
Kaiser-Eoghan
With episode 12, Banana fish has successfully contemporized its political/cospiracy aspect for me . Eiji is semi-uselful. Humour in this episode for the first time feels awkward, fast pace kind of means that the quieter slower scenes , though I still enjoy them, feel slotted in.
Lenlo
Most of my emotions this week came because of the original and my love of it, not this one
Lenlo
I agree, Steins;Gate 0 had all the potential, and there are some specific episodes that realized it. Like this episode had a lot of touching scenes cause it slowed down to play up Okabe's relationship with Amadeus. But most of the time, it fails to reach that potential. So as a whole it just feels... lacking
Kaiser-Eoghan
Plebs, not combining both into a single dessert.
Anonymous2802297
I'm talking about that sweet saccharine Chocolate Mousse, the Ganache, or the Chocolate Gâteau. Your puny muffin stands no chance. Mwahaha!
Anonymous2802297
Blasphemy. As a proud American, I can't stand for anything less than pure unadulterated diabetes-inducing sugar in chocolatey cake form. Anything less is an insult to my great nation. /s
SuperMario
@anon2801739: that's a nice analogy but I can't say I agree as I prefer chocolate muffin much more than chocolate cake :)))
Anonymous2801739
Steins;gate 0 is all potential but generally it's wasted. Whenever it actually seems promising they manage to jump plot points to boring nonsensical melodrama for a century. It was supposed to be a chocolate cake. Instead what we got was a muffin with tiny chocolate chips buried few and far between. Yeah it's still sweet at some points, but most of the time you're chewing through pointless fluff.
Lenlo
Like I said in my last post on it I think, the pacing is fucked
Animosh
I did like that the lab members finally acted like scientists again, methodically thinking through their options and all, and there were some pretty touching individual moments and nicely tied up ends. But mostly I'm just annoyed by all the unfulfilled potential of this show.
Animosh
I also hated the backtracking in the beginning. Don't make such a big deal of The Return if you're going to throw it out of the window in the next episode.
Animosh
I really don't understand Steins;Gate's pacing. It slows down to a trickle in the largely irrelevant middle part, and now that things are finally getting somewhat interesting again it just speeds through everything without building things up properly? I don't get it. And how on Earth are they going to resolve everything satisfactorily in one episode?
KTravlos
Reinhard (old series). Ash is interesting and depicted well, but not close to Reinhard. There is something noble in Reinhard, something beyond charisma.
Anonymous2797046
In a charisma battle between our two favorite Blond Boys (doing what blond boys do), who'd win: Reinhard or Ash?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Kind of felt this is what prelude penultimate episode/calm before the storm episode should be and I liked quite liked the ginko and souya scene, but I'm still eh, I shrug at this.
Vonter
After watching some more Star vs. the forces of evil. I'm getting Jitsu wa Watashi wa vibes. The Sailor Moon-like character episode was cute.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The bullying arc in sangatsu made me want to shootup the school.
Lenlo
I will admit, the family life stuff is less engaging than the crippling depression, but I dont think that would hit as hard with out the relaxing bits in between. Dont want to overload the audience.
Anonymous2791561
3-gatsu no Lion has its ups and downs; its ups are the intense emotional drama or shogi matches, while it's downs are the more relaxed slice of life food porn stuff. When I say up and down, I don't necessarily mean good and bad, just more about the intensity. I personally found that I could enjoy both styles, but sometimes I'd find the slice of life stuff dragging on.
SuperMario
Well, I regard 3-gatsu as one of the best character-writing in this medium in recent years. As for shaft, I'm their fan but even me was worried when I learnt Shaft adapting this. They did a nice job thankfully
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though I was glad that the comedy becomes more reigned in later on.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I got used to the tonally discordant humour eventually, accepting that the show essentially exists in two plains.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In tsukiyomi moon phase Shinbo made some of the shots look like photos, which was cool given the protaganists profession. Their weird style also was a good fit for an oddball show like Zetsubou-sensei.
Lenlo
I just finished the 4th episode, and so far I am torn on Akari. Im still not sure what to make of some of these relationships. I love the permeated depression theme in every episode though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wonder if it will get a third season.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I want Akari to be my mom.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm only 9 out of 13 volumes adapted, which means the anime hasn't adapted the best bit.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Unfortunate that the sangatsu manga doesn't update often.
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't seen it, I heard that vocaloid thing shaft adapted was very poorly suited to their style.
Lenlo
If a drama can actually make me feel something, actual emotions, then its a success. But it takes a pretty good, well made drama to do that.
Lenlo
I am very particular about my Drama'
Lenlo
Im planning on burning through the whole thing in the next few days. Maybe then ill try the manga, since there is probably more
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I didn't think your lie in April or sangatsu would actually be your thing. They're very drama-ey.
Lenlo
Basically im with Kaiser on this one. As for Shaft, I am very show by show with them. I couldnt stand Nisekoi, yet Sangatsu's color palette and way of drawing faces really has me
Lenlo
See, so far it has a very Mushishi/Fune wo Amu/Your Lie in April feel to me. I love these kinds of things animated, because I feel the music and color-choices really help set things in the mood.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario@Lenlo: We can be Kanabros for life all three of us ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
But in general I do think shafts style lends itself at its best to more comedic work.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I actually felt that shafts style elevated their adaptation of Sangatsu. I find it easier to watch these slow paced shows than reading them. Also Kana Hanazawa.
SuperMario
Shaft's style can be a hit or miss with the audience, however. While I don't mind that, I still would recommend you try the manga instead
SuperMario
Oh, so you still have, like, 40 episodes left
Lenlo
Huh. Finally got around to March Comes in Like a Lion, gotta say. 3 episodes in, its pretty good
Kaiser-Eoghan
Speaking of it though, I wish they'd get that proposed new Vampire hunter D anime off the ground.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though my memory on this is extremely fuzy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know, I saw an article there on anime news network referring to the second vampire hunter D film, I know I watched it years and years ago, loved it, but I forget the plot, thinking about it now, how was the dude D was after supposed to survive without blood after buggering off to space alone with the girl?
Anonymous2786239
Amen to that
Anonymous2785164
I read blogs to see opinions on anime, not to read about how blog writer is much better than some youtuber I probably have never heard of :D
Anonymous2785164
Anyway, don't any of you guys let that get up to your head :p I'm also annoyed whenever media producers start mocking each other and setting themselves up as better.
Anonymous2785164
Nothing is more annoying to me than nerd doing the stereotypical nerd voice to mock people
Anonymous2785164
Either way, I kinda dislike majority geek youtubers because I find them all to be hypocrites. Like for example, complaining about commentors correcting them or nitpicking them when all of them are nitpickers themselves :P
Anonymous2785164
That said, he has habit of commenting on things way too early only to later on to be proven wrong by end of the anime :P
Anonymous2785164
That said, I don't remember Mother's Basement being that bad besides that he for most parts really sucks when talking about video games despite apparently having studied game development
Anonymous2785164
@AidanAK47: I don't actually like any of anime youtubers. They all seems to be pervs to me and I'm actually rather prude person :p
Anonymous2785164
Hmm this chat is being buggy again and I can't change username from anonymous right now :P ANnoying~
SuperMario
@Lenlo: Readers will enjoy us more if we can throw some meme references... proof that we're still not out of touch with current trends ^^
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I mean the opposite, the posts here are good because they don't use quips. They aren't fanboyish either.
Lenlo
Are you telling me I need to insert more quips. jokes and one-lines into my posts? Cause I can do that
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Drop grand blue if its taking up too much time, I know you are busy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Thats why I enjoy reading blog articles like on here. I feel the writers on here never sound like awful fanboys or quiplords.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*I have
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its down to an idea have about vloggers/youtubers, that the videos will be full of unfunny quips and unrestrained fanboyism due to the guy doing the video can't keep himself in check.
Lenlo
Digibro isnt worth listening to imo
Kaiser-Eoghan
Never even really pursued listening to digibro. Although I probably should listen to eyepatchwolf apparently.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I should say the anime youtubers I've actually watched pertain to: Gigguk, one video by blackanimecritic, a few countdowns by Mistychronoxia and Animeman . I think I've watched maybe two of glass reflections reviews.
Anonymous2781300
I don't know, r/anime probably is also not the best sources; Youtube and Reddit are just the places I generally go to for large-scale anime discussion
Anonymous2781300
Oh my previous comment didn't post; basically I was saying that Anitube isn't super representative of audience popularity, at least as a whole, but it might offer some insight to at least a portion of it.
Anonymous2781300
*audience you're looking at: there's the Japanese audience and Western audience, but I feel like there's also like, another half of the world that most be people don't consider.
Anonymous2781300
It kind of depends which audience you
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't even watch gigguks videos anymore.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've never really cared enough to overexplore any of those anime youtube critics for the most part.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If someone keeps talking about something, eventually it'll sometimes work out and get through, then I'll at least have to see some of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I watched it because you kept saying not enough people were watching it.
AidanAK47
@Masky, cause Mothers basement did a video on it? Well hopefully it gets it some attention. Don't really like MB though. I mean "Gurren Meets Earthbound"? Jesus Christ.
Masky
Hmm, seems like Planet With is slowly getting more attention to it
Lenlo
I know im Shonen trash, but Hero Aca continues to be fantastic.
Animosh
You know, one person ends up broken through no fault of her own, and then ends up hurting herself and/or others to protect the only happiness she knows. And so the cycle continues.
Animosh
I thought Shio's backstory was really sad too. But yeah, although the show (and many of its characters) can be silly a lot of the time, there's a beating heart behind all of the craziness. Its main characters all have believable - if misguided - motivations, and the show portrays the cyclical nature of trauma very well.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: I think the scene with satou breaking down near episodes end were the standout. I often laugh at this show for its overthetopness, then makes me feel like a jerk by pulling something depressing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Escaflowne ended too soon and abruptly. I haven't seen rayearth but I have read the manga, so I don't know if the anime original content is as good.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've noticed that the voice acting tends to be worse in reverse harems then regular harems.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Regarding otome, one of the worst cases though had to be hakuouki though, just a bag of complete wasted potential.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: While I didn't dislike Red river, I have the unpopular opinion of preferring Basara because I found the central relationship more interesting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Yes that was babylonia no shishi.
Amagi
I wish we could get isekai like Rayearth, Now and Then or Escaflown again.
Amagi
Sadly these series usually fail elsewhere, with the typical problems shoujo and otome series tend to have
Amagi
@SuperMario: strangely enough this is somewhat typical for shoujo whereas generic isekai can't get off that fake-rpg spleen. There is also a shoujo in which feMC gets transported into some old turkish setting and one with babylonia (think the latter was done by that mangaka that also did Cantarella).
Kaiser-Eoghan
Theres also a shoujo manga called babylonia no shishi.
SuperMario
maybe it's one of the earliest example of isekai if you don't regard isekai setting as strictly fantasy world.
SuperMario
" Or even something egyptian, babylonic, or mayan." -> actually they did just that. One of the old classic shoujo, Crest of the Royal Family, is about a girl transported into Egyptian royal family. https://myanimelist.net/manga/5284/Ouke_no_Monshou?q=Crest of the Royal Family
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think the success is, if a series can distract you and still make you feel something, even if there should have been more to the characters.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: Beyond Arthur and Dino, who always came off to me as "the bad guys to be defeated", I think I might have been so into Ash that I didn't really pay as much attention to his character development as you and Mario did.
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